RL: JUDGE LED BY HEART, APPEAL COURT TOLD
LEAGUE SUPER FEDERAL (SYDNEY)
A full bench of the Federal Court has been told that Justice
JAMES BURCHETT was ruled by his heart rather than his head when he
gave judgment in the Super League case in March this year.
TOM HUGHES, QC, for News Limited, told the court during his
opening submissions this morning that Justice BURCHETT was
persuaded by powerfully emotive advocacy put forward on behalf of
the Australian Rugby League during the case.
HUGHES told the appeal judges that the News Limited appellants
were painted during the trial as barbarians bent on pillage and
destruction of the game of rugby league.
The appeal hearing, before Justices JOHN LOCKHART, JOHN VON
DOUSSA and RONALD SACKVILLE, has been set down for a seven-day
HUGHES spent most of this morning's proceedings outlining the
history of rugby league and previous court findings related to it.
News Limited chiefs KEN COWLEY and LACHLAN MURDOCH and ARL
general manager JOHN QUAYLE were among the spectators.
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